Educational Resources

Educational Resources
Give kids a strong educational start, from day one.

Every day is truly a learning opportunity for our youngest community members. And it’s an opportunity we’re excited to help parents and children make the most out of.

Children grow and learn at a remarkable rate from the day they’re born. During this critical time of development, United Way provides resources for parents and caregivers to help young minds thrive.

When we give young children in our community a strong start, we lay the foundation that serves them in school and sets them up for success throughout their life. Together, with our partners, we fund initiatives that support child development and early childhood education in our community.

Parent and provider resources | ages 5 and under.

Developed and supported by Women United QC.


Born Learning Trails

Fresh air, fresh ideas.

Get ready to lace up and learn! Our Born Learning Trails program takes you across several trails in Scott County and Rock Island County. They include fun games or activities posted on aluminum signs along the way for a unique educational experience within the great outdoors.

Activities include counting the number of flowers or colors nearby, hopscotch and identifying shapes, colors and various images painted on the ground.

See the list of Quad Cities locations:
  • Buffalo Park – 1115 Chestnut St., Buffalo
  • Camden Park – Highway 67 & Milan Beltway, Milan
  • Fairmount Pines Housing Complex – 4205 N Fairmount St., Davenport
  • Family Museum – 2900 Learning Campus Dr., Bettendorf
  • Marquette Park – 3200 N. Marquette St., Davenport
  • Nahant Marsh – 4220 Wapello Ave., Davenport
  • Skip-A-Long Child Development Services – 1609 4th St., Rock Island

Born Learning Academies

Workshops that empower parents to help young kids grow.

There is no handbook for parenting, but United Way offers the next best thing.

We help parents turn everyday moments into learning experiences. Our free six-week workshops are designed to help parents prepare children ages 5 and younger for success in kindergarten and beyond.

What does the course include?
  • Early learning & relationships
  • Language skills
  • Nutrition & health
  • Starting routines
  • Tips from other parents and educators
  • FREE tablet filled with learning resources after attending five lessons

Delivering results for parents and kids.

Born Learning Academies helped nearly 200 local parents to be more effective and take an active role in their child’s development. 82% of children whose parents participated in Born Learn Academies entered kindergarten ready.

Read the 2022 Born Learning Academies Impact Summary. 

When is the next academy in session?

Virtual Academies

Thursdays from 8:00-9:00 pm starting April 4 and running for 6 sessions.

Stay informed about upcoming academies, join our Born Learning notification list.

There are no Born Learning Academies available at this time.

Born Learning Academies have closed for the season. Please check back later or sign up to be notified next time an academy opens for registration.


Born Learning Calendars

Discover something new daily.

This free interactive 12-month wall calendar is filled with inspiring ideas to help shape your next adventure.

Women United creates the Born Learning Calendar so parents and care providers have 365+ ideas to make learning fun for kids age 5 and younger.

Ready to get started? Just download and print or order your calendar to be mailed to you at no cost, to receive educational tips for every day of the year.


Start Smart Quad Cities texts.

Fun, educational ideas and activities, straight to your phone.

We know parents have a lot on their plate and are always seeking out activities to do as a family. Sign up for Start Smart Quad Cities texts to receive fun, educational things to do with your child under five years old.

You’ll receive four text messages per week, so you’ll never run out of engaging ways to make everyday moments a learning experience for your child.

Sign up by texting BORNLEARNING to 866.798.9557.

Born Learning Academy Notification Request
Born Learning Calendar Request